Chelso Barrett pulled a Houdini act to earn a halve on the par-4 seventh hole. His tee shot went way left and he was forced to hit a provisional ball. He played his fourth shot from the fairway to 5 feet and made the putt for a 5. Nicolas Echavarria could not take advantage of the opening. His second found a bunker and he failed to get up and down for par. Barrett remains 2 up.
Then at the eighth hole, Echavarria responded by making a 22-footer for a birdie-2 to close the deficit to 1 down.
In the first semifinal, Jordan Spieth is cruising toward a spot in the final. He won the ninth with a 4 (Adam Ball made a 6) and now owns a 6-up lead with nine to play.
Only three other players in Junior Amateur history have made it back to a final after winning a title. The first two failed to win a second title, but Tiger Woods won three in a row from 1991-93. He's the only multiple winner of the championship. Eddie Pearce won in 1968 and lost in 1969 to Aly Trompas at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club.
Mike Brannan won in 1971 and lost in 1973 at Singing Hills C.C. to future PGA Tour player Jack Renner in 20 holes. -- David Shefter